§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what was the increase in standard spending assessment for education for Portsmouth Education Authority for 1999–2000. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
The provisional education SSA for Portsmouth in 1999–2000 represents an underlying increase of £4.1 million or 6 per cent. These figures illustrate the effect of allowing for local authority changes of function and taking account of new arrangements for funding music and student support.